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Blue in the Face1995

Blue in the Face (1995)




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Director Wayne Wang and screenwriter Paul Auster had enough storylines and characters left over from their charming comedy Smoke to make another film, so they shot Blue In The Face immediately after Smoke was completed. The film once again centers on the Brooklyn Cigar Store and manager Auggie (Harvey Keitel), although most of the other characters are different. The store owner's frustrated wife Dot (Roseanne) is one of them, and one of the plotlines follows her attempts to seduce Auggie. Madonna, Michael J. Fox, Lily Tomlin, and Lou Reed (as himself) also put in appearances. Blue In The Face was shot without a complete script and presents a unique combination of distinctive performances, oddball characters, improvisations, and raffish scenes.

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Harvey Keitel
as Auggie Wren
Lou Reed
as Himself
Jim Jarmusch
as Himself
Lily Tomlin
as Derelict
Mel Gorham
as Violet
Jared Harris
as Jimmy Rose
Malik Yoba
as The Creeper
Giancarlo Esposito
as Tommy/No. 1 OTB Guy
José Zúñiga
as Jerry/No. 2 OTB Guy
Stephen Gevedon
as Dennis/No. 3 OTB Guy
Mira Sorvino
as Blonde Woman
as Singing Telegram Girl
Michael Badalucco
as Statistician
Sharif Rashed
as Purse Snatcher
Michelle Hurst
as Statistician
Peggy Gormley
as Sue the Waitress
as Dancer
Ahmed Ben Larby
as Statistician
Robert Jackson
as Brooklyn Resident
Chelsea Altman
as Statistician
Teodorino Bello
as Statistician
Chief Bey
as Brooklyn Resident
Billy Cherry
as Statistician
Rehanna Ellis
as Statistician/Dancer
Ian Frazier
as Brooklyn Resident
Sasalina Gambino
as Brooklyn Resident
Edmund Ikeda
as Statistician
Rusty Kanokoci
as Brooklyn Resident
Liz Ramos
as Dancer
Luc Sante
as Brooklyn Resident
Debra Wilson
as Statistician
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Critic Reviews for Blue in the Face

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (4)

Blue in the Face is more of a footnote. The best thing about it is the spirit that brought it into being, and the love of film that it reflects.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It feels less like a movie than a lost episode of the old Steve Allen or Jack Paar late-night chat shows.

January 29, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

A freewheeling offshoot of the good indie Smoke

August 18, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Not as good a smoke as the first, but worth a puff.

January 24, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

"Smoke" follow-up lacks the first flick's spark and humor.

October 8, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

Improvisational film which was made as a companion piece to the far-superior "Smoke". This movie has some good parts to it, but is too disjointed to hold your attention.

August 9, 2002 | Rating: C-

Audience Reviews for Blue in the Face


Bob: Coffee and cigarettes. That's like the breakfast of champions. "Welcome to the planet Brooklyn." Blue in the Face is a fun enough movie especially if you like the style of Smoke. This isn't really much like Smoke though, when it comes to story. There's really no story here. There's a lot of individual improvised scenes and interviews telling random facts about Brooklyn. It's a very loose film, that has  a sort of documentary feel to it at times and a standard feature film feel to it at other times. The cast is huge in this film, with Harvey Keitel being the only big name that was left over from smoke. Michael J. Fox, Jim Jarmusch, Lou Reed, Roseanne,and Madonna all make appearances throughout.  In the end, Blue in the Face is pretty much just Wayne Wang pulling scraps from Smoke, but it has it's appeal. I like the conversations, which all have the improve feel to them. This isn't a movie that really needs to be seen, but it's one that is a good amount of fun for fans of Smoke. If you didn't like Smoke though, there's absolutely no reason to waste your time with this film.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Unjustly criticized film made from outtakes from the superior Smoke. I think too many critics compared it to that film rather than on it's own merits, but I absolutely loved the slice of life feeling of this film. Really good stuff.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

Parts are fun, but unscripted actors can only take things so far.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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